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India news update – 11 December 2020

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India news update – 11 December 2020

PM Modi lays foundation stone for new Parliament building

The ceremony was held on Thursday. The new Parliament building is expected to be completed by 2022.

In the new building, the Lok Sabha chamber will have a seating capacity for 888 members, while the Rajya Sabha will have 384 seats for members. At present, Lok Sabha has 543 members and Rajya Sabha 245 but the numbers are expected to increase.

India’s NavIC is now part of the World-Wide Radio Navigation System (WWRNS)

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has recognised India’s NavIC as a part of the WWRNS. The IMO is a United Nations agency responsible for the safety and security of shipping.

The recognition means NavIC can replace GPS in Indian waters up to 1500 km of India’s water boundary.

What is NavIC?

The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), also called NavIC is an independent regional navigation satellite system developed by India. It is designed to provide accurate position information services to guide Indian ships.

India has become the fourth country in the world to have its independent system recognised by the IMO as the WWRNS. The other three countries are the US, Russia and China.

India news update: Google Trends 2020

With the year coming to an end, Google has declared its list of topics that trended in 2020 in India.

Globally, coronavirus appeared in the top of the 10 trending terms this year. In India, however, the Indian Premier League (IPL) was the most popular. Other top searches included the Bihar Assembly elections 2020 and Delhi Legislative polls 2020, Joe Biden and the film Dil Bechara.

COVID-19 update

Bangalore-based Invento Robotics has designed three robots to help with COVID-19 patients in hospitals. They are already in use in some hospitals.


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